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mdc3000 02-22-06 09:46 AM

Some interesting stuff in there... really glad that Beetlejuice, Risky Business, Little Shop of Horrors and Ace Ventura all seem to be getting shiny new versions in the near future. Was there a stipulation not to talk about HD/Blu-Ray in the chat, because very little format chatter...other than that, a decent enough read.

MATT

basaro 02-22-06 10:04 AM


Originally Posted by digitalfreaknyc
Ugh. Nothing on Sleepers or Presumed Innocent. That's too bad.

No one asked ;)

I also wish someone asked about the The Unbearable Lightness of Being and what happened with that release(why it was split over two discs), since it's the only release I can remember not being really happy with.

Some nice stuff coming out, wahoo!

digitalfreaknyc 02-22-06 10:11 AM


Originally Posted by basaro
No one asked ;)

Actually...

Yes they did.

canaryfarmer 02-22-06 10:21 AM

Darn! No SE for Mandy Moore's A Walk to Remember! ;)

basaro 02-22-06 10:21 AM


Originally Posted by digitalfreaknyc
Actually...

Yes they did.

Yes I see now, my bad. Guess I need to read it again! I was really only paying attention to the titles that were on the plate, not the ones that weren't, but that is a bummer. I want to upgrade Sleepers to a single-sided non-flipper transfer too ;)

No one asked about Frantic, we need OAR on that one. Maybe next year.

basaro 02-22-06 10:24 AM


Originally Posted by canaryfarmer
Darn! No SE for Mandy Moore's A Walk to Remember! ;)

Yeah, thank god this isn't Fox or Universal ;)

OldBoy 02-22-06 10:51 AM

can someone post a nice little list of what will be coming up?

Adam Tyner 02-22-06 10:52 AM


Originally Posted by scott1598
can someone post a nice little list of what will be coming up?

There's a summary at the bottom of the transcript at http://www.hometheaterforum.com/chat/warner2006.txt

dom56 02-22-06 10:59 AM

"No plans for another FEARLESS right now. " :(

But I'm happy they putting out these. :)

The Road Warrior SE
The Green Slime - said to part of Sci-fi packaging.
The Giant Behemont

digitalfreaknyc 02-22-06 11:16 AM


Originally Posted by basaro
Yes I see now, my bad. Guess I need to read it again! I was really only paying attention to the titles that were on the plate, not the ones that weren't, but that is a bummer. I want to upgrade Sleepers to a single-sided non-flipper transfer too ;)

No one asked about Frantic, we need OAR on that one. Maybe next year.

I don't understand why getting out the 16x9 versions of all the non-anamorphic/full screen releases wouldn't be a priority. :( I have several from Warner Bros but it doesn't seem like it's getting addressed.

Hell, sleepers has been released in other regions as a dual-layer release for quite some time now. Japan even got DTS!

dx23 02-22-06 11:18 AM


Originally Posted by Adam Tyner
There's a summary at the bottom of the transcript at http://www.hometheaterforum.com/chat/warner2006.txt

Here is a copy/paste from the summary for the lazy:


Yakuza is coming shortly and Up the Down Staircase maybe in 2007.

They're working on a SE for The Road Warrior.

The film Caged will be released on dvd. It got bumped from this year to 2007.

Warner will be releasing most of the following before year's end: Mad Love, Mask of Fu Manchu,
Mark of the Vampire, The Walking Dead, Doctor X, Frankenstein 1970 and Attack of the 50 FT Woman.

They found the orig. neg for Mark of the Vampire and Mask of Fu Manchu. Warner described the
restoration as stunning. Also, the censored scenes from Mask of Fu Manchu have been restored.

Warner is still discussing The Devils for release.

Scheduled for release this year or next are the following: Greed, The Wind, The Crowd, The Big
Parade, The Scarlet Letter and Show People.

Warner wanted to release The Bowery Boys in chronological order starting in January, but then
saw the awful state of the masters and are now reevaluating their options as to what order they
will release those films. They are still searching for better 35MM elements.

No plans for Altered States or Brainstorm. 2007 is a possibility for Dark of the Sun.

Warner is not revealing much on Film Noir Volume 3 except to say at least one Robert Mitchum
title and one MGM title is involved. Also, there will be another Volume after 3.

Warner is trying to secure Twilight Zone: The Movie for release.

There is a legal problem with releasing Nothing Lasts Forever. Caddyshack and Under the
Rainbow are getting look at for releases. Next year might see Funny Farm and Spies Like Us.
HBO controls 3 Amigos while Warner is their distributor so they will pass on that request
to their sister company.

Warner is going to release the 1922, 1937 and 1952 versions of The Prisoner of Zenda.
Lots of adventure films this year and next.

Grumpy Old Men films will hopefully be released in OAR and nice packages this year.

Warner still looking for better elements for The Magnificent Ambersons and will release
Journey into Fear with it. Be patient this might stretch out for a couple more years.

Still working on the Charlie Chan Monogram films including The Black Camel which can only
be released in the US and Canada.

Warner looking to do a SE of The Candidate and Jeremiah Johnson with participation from
Robert Redford.

Warner doesn't own The Stranger. They're still talking about Zabreiske Point.

Warner looking at boxset for Andy Hardy films in either 2007 or 2008.

Looking at more Kazan films such as America, America and The Arangement.

More Joan Crawford boxsets including the film Flamingo Road. Look for the next release
in 2007 with Flamingo Road being restored.

Clark Gable boxset coming out in June with Dancing Lady included. There will be more
Gable and Harlow films. Also, looking at Ginger Rogers films from RKO.

Crossing Delancey before the end of the year. Also, another Doris Day boxset.

No plans for My Fellow Americans, Action Jackson or Class Act.

More Kubrick films besides the four that's been announced.

Bridges of Madison County anamorphic release might be next year. Also,
the Ventura films.

Paul Newman collection coming this year with Harper and The Drowing Pool.

The Rain People, Rachel, Rachel, Far from a Madding Crowd, Shoot the Moon and
Big Hand for the Little Lady this year or next.

Risky Business SE for 2008.

No more non-anamorphic releases for film with 1.66 OAR. First up Clockwork Orange.

Looking at a John Grisham boxset.

Warner still looking at Gangster Volume 2 might be single releases.

Looking at revisiting Little Shop of Horrors, also a SE of Beetlejuice
and still talking about Blade Runner.

James Cagney and Robert Mitchum boxsets for 2007.

More westerns besides those from John Ford and John Wayne.

Some Came Running will be in a Sinatra boxset. Home from the Hill in the Mitchum Boxset.
Also, looking at other Minnelli films like Four Horsemen of the Apocalpse.

Warner looking at Glenn Ford boxset.

The Shining and Eyes Wide shut will be released in 1.77 aspect ratio.

No SE for some Bogart films that's been previously released with restorations
from the orig. camera negative.

Working with Andy Griffith to release No Time for Sergeants.

Looking at Stanwyck boxset and have enough titles to do 2-3 of them including The Mad Miss Manton.

Looking at Maisie and Dr. Kildare boxsets.

A Summer Place is a possiblity next year as well as a Natalie Wood boxset. They acknowledged
that Excalibur, Arthur, Outland and Year of Living Dangerously need better looking dvds. Acutally,
a new transfer has been completed of Arthur so that will probably come out soon.

The Cool Ones and The Big Cube might come out. Looking at Who's Life is it Anyway and
The Power. Man in the Wilderness will be out in 2007. No plans for Looker.

No plans for Wheeler and Woosley films. Some of them are controled by Columbia.

The Warner Gangster Volume 2 will be officially called the Warner Tough Guys Collection.
City for Conquest is one of the titles. Won't reveal any other titles except to say that
Edward G. Robinson, Cagney and Bogart films are in it. Each film has been restored from
orig. camera negative elements.

Private Benjamin OAR release might be a possibility. Warner doesn't own High Road to China.
Going in Style is already released in OAR. No plans for The Man Who Saw Tomorrow or Grandview U.S.A.

A double feature dvd with the Dark Shadows films next year. No Delmar Daves collection,
but looking at releasing some of his films.

Warner is still looking for 35MM film elements for the full length 102 minutes of The Sea Wolf.
They have 16MM elements of it, but will continue to look for 35MM. If not found then they'll
use the missing sequence from the 16mm print.

Zsa Zsa Gabor films coming with Queen of Outer Space coming soon.

Another Errol Flynn boxset in 2007 including Gentleman Jim and The Charge of the Light Brigade.

Another Lon Chaney collection with Tell it to the Marines, He who gets Slapped and both versions
of Unholy Three restored from the original camera neg.

Gremlins and Gremlins II possibly released in Hi-def in 2007. Will look at Hey, Good Lookin.

Warner recognized the popularity of Allied Artists films. Looks good for The Giant Behemoth release.
Gold is plan for next year. Another Powell/Loy boxset in 2007. Soldier in the Rain another possiblity.
Thinks The Picture Snatcher and Enemy of the People is a hard sell for dvd release.

Twilights Last Gleaming will be part of a Burt Lancaster boxset next year.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips with Peter O'Toole is a strong 2007 possibility.

2-Disc SE of The Green Mile this year.

Singles, Dreams and Three Kings not being revisited at this time.

Bonnie and Clyde's 40th birthday next year so watch out for a SE. Brewster McCloud needs a
new anamorphic transfer. Performance coming out within a year. No plands for Fearless.

Mann's Side Street a possibility for Film Noir #4. No plans for Desperate at this time.

Poltergiest SE Silver Anniversary on target for next year.

A Tale of Two Cities along with David Copperfield being prepared to be released at the same time.
Looking at Little Dorrit.

That's Dancing a possibility for next year along with some more MGM musicals.

Looking at Angus.

Warner doesn't own RKO's short library only RKO's feature films. No plans for a dvd release with
short-only collection.

No plans for Vitaphone short films. Some might be included with other feature film dvds.

Warner doesn't license out their material to other companies. It's a strict company policy.

Executive Suite is slated for 2007.

Carbine Williams a possibility for the second James Stewart boxset. A 2-Disc SE of Deliverance
scheduled for next year.

Warner looking at releasing remainder of Weismuller Tarzan films next year followed by Lex Barker
in the future. The Picture of Dorian Gray a possibility for next year with color inserts.

Looking at releasing Garland's Star is Born for high def. Also, maybe the 1937 version too.

LA Confidential 2-Disc SE in 2007.

No definite release date for the Superman 14-disc collection except that it's before X-Mas.

An American in Paris SE pushed back to 2007. Need to revisit Rio Bravo. No plans for Persumed
Innocent or Arsenic and Old Lace.

The Hill coming out in 2007. Don't own Wonder Man with Danny Kaye.

Work is still being done on the Superman films so no definitive answer on the longest possible
run times for all those films.

No plans for Exorcist III, The Man with Two Brains and The Witches of Eastwick.

No plans for Electric Dreams, Blue Skies Again and Reckless.

Superman Returns will be a part of the 14-disc Superman collection.

Warner releasing Spirit of St. Louis in the Stewart boxet. Doesn't have rights to Wilder's
Fedora and Buddy, Buddy.

Man Who Would Be King SE for next year. Looking at, but no definite plans for Mad Max beyond
Thunderdome, Michael Collins, Ladyhawke, Outbreak and Maverick.

Still looking at releasing 1951's Angels in the Outfield.

Looking at Twice Upon a Time.

Prince of the City with Lumet commentary and bonus material for next year.

natevines 02-22-06 11:20 AM

"The Warner Gangster Volume 2 will be officially called the Warner Tough Guys Collection.
City for Conquest is one of the titles. Won't reveal any other titles except to say that
Edward G. Robinson, Cagney and Bogart films are in it. Each film has been restored from
orig. camera negative elements."

Wasn't this already revealed in another thread? One of the other titles was 'Bullets or Ballots' with Robinson, though I don't remember the others.

Drexl 02-22-06 12:28 PM

It sounds like there won't be another Kubrick box this year (assuming that The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, and Eyes Wide Shut are the only titles getting new versions soon). If there is a new box released when those titles come out, those who want a box would be better off waiting since the other titles will be upgraded at some point.

Thankfully, it sounds like the Donner cut of Superman II will be available separately, so I don't have to buy III and IV if I want to get it.

It's too bad about Looker and Electric Dreams.

PatrickMcCart 02-22-06 12:28 PM


Originally Posted by basaro
No one asked ;)

I also wish someone asked about the The Unbearable Lightness of Being and what happened with that release(why it was split over two discs), since it's the only release I can remember not being really happy with.

Some nice stuff coming out, wahoo!

Because it's a 3 hour long film.

Walter Neff 02-22-06 01:34 PM

Really looking forward to "Harper" and "The Drowning Pool," as well as the next Noir and Gangsters sets...

The Monkees 02-22-06 02:31 PM

I really hope the mention of Twilight Zone: The Movie actually comes true and very soon. I just found a used VHS copy of this not too long ago and bought it, so it would be nice for a DVD special edition of this!

Also I'm glad to hear about Poltergeist: Silver Anniversary Special Edition and a new version of Little Shop of Horrors, these are both really great films! Hopefully they don't decide not to release the SE of Poltergeist like they did a few years ago.

Egon's Ghost 02-22-06 02:38 PM


We must revisit LITTLE SHOP. No plans yet, but we want to re do it,
re do it right. BEETLEJUICE is an obvious one everyone wants. We're hoping to get a commentary from Mr. Burton to make this a reality. We're working hard on BLADE RUNNER, can't say any more, and hope we have good news to share with you fine HTF folk soon.
So no plans on Little Shop, and totally vague about Beetlejuice. I'm so tired of waiting. I hope hope hope that Blade Runner will finally see the light of day.

The Bus 02-22-06 02:42 PM


Originally Posted by digitalfreaknyc
It's very VERY easy to get banned over there. They run it pretty close to Nazi germany as far as what you can and cannot say.

A mod was acting "holier than thou" about PAL over NTSC which I called him out on. Next thing I know, I can't post any more.

Good times.

To be fair, when I need serious help on something, I go and ask over there.

Too bad about your ban. :(

jmj713 02-22-06 04:58 PM


It sounds like there won't be another Kubrick box this year (assuming that The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, and Eyes Wide Shut are the only titles getting new versions soon). If there is a new box released when those titles come out, those who want a box would be better off waiting since the other titles will be upgraded at some point.
I'm assuming each film will receive 2-disc treatment and will comprise a boxset.

Drexl 02-22-06 05:15 PM


Originally Posted by jmj713
I'm assuming each film will receive 2-disc treatment and will comprise a boxset.

Okay, that could work too: a "Vol. 1" so to speak.

RockyMtnBri 02-22-06 05:37 PM

I'd would just hope for Outland and Road Warrior re-releases with remastered video, and Twice Upon A Time! I discovered the latter in 1984 on HBO and I hope they can get the R-rated as opposed to the watered-down PG version that was out on laserdisc and tape. I still have the movie on a tape I made back in 1984.

Ginwen 02-22-06 05:47 PM

Disappointing.

The 2 questions that got me most interested (Urgh! and an OAR Fearless) were both dead in the water.

Eric D. 02-22-06 06:13 PM

I was upset about Fearless too.

OldBoy 02-22-06 07:14 PM

few questions...
 
1. will all these releases planned for 2007 and 2008 be on standard DVD or one of the new formats or both?

2. "Little Shop of Horrors" ...will that include the special alternate ending?

3. I thought the "Superman" 14 discer was scheduled for this summer...how can "Superman Returns" be included? **edit** i guess before X-Mas answers that one, but will the SE's be standalones?

4. WB distributes "The Matrix" correct? Any talk of putting the 1st film as a standalone with the new transfer?

And...an "Angus" SE...that is the best news i saw in that convo!!!!!!!

GoldenJCJ 02-22-06 11:51 PM

I was hoping they were further along with a Blade Runner SE than they seem to be.

No Three Kings plans? I've been holding off on the original cause I thought I heard an SE was in the near future.


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